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Vandy Rallies At Tennessee; Mizzou Grinds Out Win At Ole Miss

postgame-links-150x1501Vanderbilt 14- Tennessee 10. Video Highlights

1. Vanderbilt rallies with 12-play, 92-yard drive. Quarterback Patton Robinette scores touchdown with 16 seconds left.

2. Crucial call gives Vanderbilt a first down in the last minute.  ”This is Tennessee football, where defeat sometimes is yanked from the jaws of victory.”

3. UT defensive tackle Daniel Hood: “We went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows.”

4. By the beginning of the fourth quarter, Vanderbilt had lost its entire starting secondary to injuries or ejections.

5. Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews sets the record for the most catches in SEC history.  Caught 13 passes Saturday night for 133 yards.

6. Tennessee’s bowl hopes eliminated with loss.  ”Clad in gray, the Volunteers again came up one play here or there short of finishing the victory.”

Missouri 24 – Ole Miss 10. Video Highlights

7. 10-1 Tigers one win away from heading to SEC Championship Game. Wide receiver L’Damian Washington: “We want to be a part of history.”

8. Joe Strauss: “The Tigers imposed themselves in ways inconceivable during their 2012 debut in the Southeastern Conference.”

9. Joe Walljasper: “On a chilly November night in the South, Pinkel’s Tigers delivered a definitive statement: They are not who we thought they were.”

10. Gary Pinkel becomes only second Missouri coach to reach 100 wins at the school.

11. Missed opportunities for Ole Miss.  Just three points in three trips to the Red Zone.

12. Representatives from five bowls on hand Saturday night in Oxford.

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2 Georgia Players, 1 Vandy Player Suspended By SEC

The SEC has finally handed down its penalties from last weekend’s Georgia-Vanderbilt football game.  In total three players will each miss the first half of their teams’ upcoming games.

Vanderbilt center Logan Stewart has been suspended for the first half of the Commodores’ game against Army this Saturday.  The league cited Rule 9-1 of the NCAA Football Rule Book in its decision to suspension Stewart.  That rule states that a flagrant personal foul offender shall be disqualified.  The rule leaves open for interpretation what is and what isn’t “flagrant,” but anyone who saw Stewart’s unnecessary clip of Kwame Geathers would likely identify that act as being as flagrant as flagrant can be.

Geathers has been suspended — just as his dad had relayed to the press earlier today — for the first half of UGA’s October 29th game with Florida.  The league stated that Geathers was in violation of NCAA Football Rule 2-32-1-a regarding fighting.  “The penalty for violation of the rule in the second half includes suspension for the first half of the team’s next scheduled game.”  There’s no arguing this one.  Throw a punch for any reason — and have it caught by officials or television cameras — and a player will sit.

Georgia’s Shaun Williams was also suspended.  Williams was flagged for two personal foul penalties in the game and then — according to Vanderbilt coach James Franklin — was the instigator in Saturday’s postgame shenanigans.  The league tied his suspension to one of the personal foul calls and Rule 9-1-4.  “No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder.”  Because it believed Williams violated that rule so flagrantly in the third quarter of Saturday’s game, the league office decided to suspend him “in accordance with (the) Southeastern Conference Constitution, Article 4.4.2 (d).”

We are a bit surprised by the suspension of Williams.  We are also surprised that neither coaching staff received a reprimand of any kind from the league office — in public anyway.  Todd Grantham’s postgame curse-fest has made bigger news this week than any of the penalties the drew suspensions.

Cue those who will say there is one standard for players and one for coaches.

In the end, this situation hurts Georgia more than it does Vanderbilt.  The Commodores will be without player for a game with Army.  Georgia will be without two players for its all-important game with Florida.

UPDATE – Okay, we’re no longer surprised Williams was suspended. posted the following video of the play that led to the Georgia DB’s punishment.  The play in question was missed by officials and not actually flagged.  So, yes, that means Williams should have been hit with three personal foul penalties during the game.

Keep your eye at about the 30-yard-line and you’ll see Williams launch himself into the back and head of defenseless Commodore receiver Jordan Matthews.

Seeing as Vandy had a player take a cheap shot at a Georgia player’s knees and Georgia had a player take a cheap shot at a Vandy player’s spine… maybe it’s time for fans of both schools to pipe down.  Neither side has room for any more faux outrage.

We’ve now seen punkish behavior from both squads.  And the coaching staffs didn’t handle things much better than their players.

As we said earlier today, there are no winners in this story.  But the list of losers continues to grow with every new ball of mud that’s flung.

So will this finally be the end of the story?  We seriously doubt it.

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SEC Headlines 8/7/2011 Part Three

1. Outscored 92-68 last year, fourth quarter is a big priority at Georgia.

2. Mark Richt says tight end Orson Charles is Georgia’s best receiver.  Richt is the only coach in the conference who’s run his program for more than a decade.

3. Bulldogs want to clog up the middle with two big nose guards. Rare Sunday practice for Georgia.

4. Yet another explanation of what Steve Kragthorpe’s role will be at LSU now that he’s stepped down from offensive coordinator duties in the wake of Parkinson’s disease.

5. Young LSU wide receivers can look to veterans for inspiration. Three injured LSU players now back at full strength.

6. “Sloppy as sin.” Les Miles description of the first full-squad practice.

7. Arkansas has the potential for impressive bookends on their defensive line.

8. A 4-2-5 formation for Ole Miss.

9. Houston Nutt on his freshmen class: ”I’ll tell you what – I love them more today than I did on signing day.”

10. Joker Phillips also likes his freshmen class.

11. How does Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews get better?  With a pitching machine.

12. Expect a lot of competition for starting jobs in the Alabama offensive line. Barrett Jones moves from right guard to left tackle.

13. Tennessee defensive lineman Malik Jackson: ”Playing in the Pac 10 Conference is different than playing in the SEC.”

14. New Tennessee linebacker coach Peter Simon has a mystery group on his hands.

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Video: Matthews’ one-handed TD catch

Watch footage of Vanderbilt freshman receiver Jordan Matthews’ first career touchdown, a one-handed catch in the back of the end zone against Florida

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